North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies 2-19-22

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies 2/19/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies 2/19/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The North Carolina Tar Heels (18-8) are on their way to meet the Virginia Tech Hokies (16-10) in the ACC at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg on Saturday at 4:00 PM ET. North Carolina played good basketball with 10 games above the .500 mark this season and a 9-5 run in their first 14 contests played on the year.

 

The Tar Heels snapped a two-game winning streak with a nine-point loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers on February 16. North Carolina is in 4th place at 10-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an 18-8 overall standing and a 5-3 road record this season.

 

The Tar Heels’ defense had difficulty in dealing with the Panthers’ offense after allowing the latter to shoot 51.1% from the floor and 58.8% from beyond the perimeter in their 67-76 loss on Wednesday.

 

Guard Caleb Love led North Carolina in scoring with 19 points while Forward Brady Manek chipped in a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels.

 

The Tar Heels completed 24 of 58 (41.4%) shooting from the floor, connected 7 of 26 (26.9%) shots from the three-point region, and converted 12 of 16 (75.0%) free-throw attempts in the match. North Carolina out-rebounded Pittsburgh at 29-28 while distributing a total of 13 assists in the loss.

 

The Tar Heels’ defense allowed 6 attempted shots while stealing the leather 11 times but committed 13 turnovers and 18 personal fouls in the contests.

 

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North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies Predictions 2/19/2022

 

The Virginia Tech Hokies won a total of 16 in their last 26 outings this season. The Hokies won six games in a row versus Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh (twice on the year), Syracuse, and the Virginia Cavaliers in succession.

 

Virginia Tech took 7th place at 8-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an overall standing at 16-10 and a home record at 10-3 on the year. The Hokies trailed a four-point advantage by the Cavaliers in the 1st half but peaked up with a 37-24 lead in the final half leading to their 62-53 victory on February 14.

 

Forward Keve Aluma led Virginia Tech in scoring with 24 points and in rebounding with a team-high 8 boards in the winning effort.

 

The Hokies ended up shooting 43.5% (20/46) from the floor, 25.0% (5/20) from the rainbow territory, and 81.0% (17/21) from the charity stripe. Virginia Tech grabbed 26 total rebounds with 4 coming from the offensive side of the court and dished out a total of 12 assists in the contest.

 

The Hokies’ defense managed to spoil 6 shooting attempts with 4 steals but lost the leather in 6 turnovers and committed 14 personal fouls in the game.

 

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Tech Hokies. The NCAAB Pick for this contest is North Carolina +4.5. Though the Tar Heels lost their recent stint to the Panthers, North Carolina is still the better team in this match-up with an offense that averages 78.3 PPG on 45.6% FG while Virginia Tech averages 70.6 PPG on 47.4% overall shooting. The Tar Heels will grab their 6th road win on Saturday. Prediction: The North Carolina Tar Heels will win at 77-71.

 

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North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies 2/19/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 4:00 PM ET

 

Location: Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA

 

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022

 

TV: ESPN2

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina Tar Heels +4.5      

 

NCAAB Totals: 147

 

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